A Taste of Home – Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

A Thanksgiving meal is placed next to a crew-served automatic weapon at a forward operating base located in Southeastern Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2019. U.S. Soldiers are currently deployed across Southeastern Afghanistan supporting Afghan National Defense Security Forces . Several Soldiers at this forward base had their meals delivered to them due to the fact that they could not leave their battle positions. U.S. servicemembers are deployed in support of Operation Freedom'S Sentinel and Resolute Support to train, advise, and assist their Afghan partners. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

Task Force-Southeast Soldiers pose for a picture following Thanksgiving meals being served at Task Force headquarters in Southeastern Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. Task Force-Southeast Soldiers serve at three different locations and leadership flew to all three throughout the day. The practice of senior leaders serving holiday meals to Soldiers is a long-standing military tradition. Task Force-Southeast supports Operations FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and RESOLUTE SUPPORT, which provide invaluable training, advising, and assisting support to counterparts throughout Afghanistan. (US Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Lafran Marks, Deputy Commander for Task Force-Southeast, serves Thanksgiving meals to U.S. Soldiers assigned to Task Force-Southeast, Nov. 28, 2019. The practice of senior leaders serving holiday meals to Soldiers is a long-standing military tradition during the Thanksgiving holiday. Task Force-Southeast is a subordinate command in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support, to train, advise, and assist Afghan National Defense Security Forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

A Thanksgiving meal is placed next to a crew-served automatic weapon at a forward operating base located in Southeastern Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2019. U.S. Soldiers are currently deployed across Southeastern Afghanistan supporting Afghan National Defense Security Forces . Several Soldiers at this forward base had their meals delivered to them due to the fact that they could not leave their battle positions. U.S. servicemembers are deployed in support of Operation Freedom’S Sentinel and Resolute Support to train, advise, and assist their Afghan partners.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

UK Army Brigadier Leigh R. Tingey, Commanding General, Task Force-Southeast and Deputy Commanding General-Maneuver, 1st Armored Division, serves Thanksgiving meals to Soldiers assigned in the Task Force-Southeast region in Southeastern Afghanistan Nov. 28, 2019. For many of the Soldiers located in these remote operating bases, this was the first hot meal in recent weeks. The practice of senior leaders serving holiday meals to Soldiers is a long-standing military tradition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

UK Army Brigadier Leigh R. Tingey, Commanding General, Task Force-Southeast and Deputy Commanding General, 1st Armored Division-Maneuver, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Michael R. Kelly, Senior Enlisted Leader, Task Force-Southeast and Battalion Command Sgt. Major, 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, serve Thanksgiving dinner to personnel based at Task Force-Southeast headquarters. The practice of senior leaders serving holiday meals to Soldiers and personnel is a long-standing military tradition. Elements of the 1st Armored Division are currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support providing invaluable training, advising, and assistance for Afghan partners. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

U.S. and Coalition senior military leaders assigned to Task Force-Southeast in Southeastern Afghanistan bow their heads prior to serving Thanksgiving Day meals at an outlying operation base, Nov. 28 2019. Task Force-Southeast leaders serve the annual holiday meal at three different locations across Southeastern Afghanistan. The practice of senior leaders serving holiday meals to junior Soldiers is a long-standing military tradition. Task Force-Southeast is currently supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support, which provide training, advising, and assisting to support to Afghan in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Task Force-Southeast, located in Southeastern Afghanistan, enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal at a dining facility at a forward operating base, Nov. 28, 2019. UK Army Brigadier Leigh R. Tingey, Commanding General, Task Force-Southeast and Deputy Commanding General-Maneuver, 1st Armored Division, along with senior leaders served U.S. Soldiers Thanksgiving Day meals. The practice of senior leaders serving holiday meals to junior ranking Soldiers is a long-standing military tradition. (US Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

U.S. Army Spc. Devin Creech, a native of Gallup, New Mexico, eats his Thanksgiving meal while providing overwatch at a forward operating base located in Southeastern Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2019. Creech is an infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. These Paratroopers are currently deployed across the Task Force-Southeast area of operations. The Thanksgiving meal provided Creech and his fellow Soldiers a taste of home despite being deployed in a remote base. The U.S. Soldiers are deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support providing invaluable training, advising, and assisting supporting Afghan partners throughout Afghanistan. (US Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell)

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